Most people think of roast beef as an easy dinner meal. Put a roast in a pan with a few seasonings, cook in the oven for a couple hours, and you have a nourishing main course for dinner, or even a roast beef lunch. But roast beef also works for snacks and appetizers. And if you buy it already prepared, processed, you can have a quick and easy, delicious, and high-quality roast beef snack in no time at all.
Disclosure: Today’s recipe was developed in collaboration with The North American Meat Institute, a contractor to the Beef Checkoff. While I was compensated for my time, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Don’t let the word ‘processed’ scare you. People use processed foods all the time, from canned fruits to frozen vegetables to things like salami or ham. Processed just means that the food is already prepared. We do this at home anytime we cook. We cut, slice, chop, season and cook things. That’s what happens to processed meat too, just on a larger scale in a larger facility.
As with all foods, processed meat fits into a healthy overall diet. What’s more, there are a multitude of processed meat products available that can satisfy almost anyone’s tastes, nutritional needs, or budget. You can find low- or lower fat, low- or lower sodium, organic, or Kosher. There’s something for everyone. The North American Meat Institute even has a list of American Heart Association Certified processed meats available on their site. Additionally, pairing it with a variety of other foods – like fruits and vegetables, makes an even more satisfying and nourishing snack.
For instance, the recipe I have for you today calls for already prepared, processed, roast beef, dried figs, blue cheese, ricotta cheese, and crostini. I chose roast beef because the flavor pairs so well with figs and blue cheese. And when you take all three and set them on top of crostini spread with ricotta cheese, you have an easy to make, savory-sweet roast beef snack that doubles as an elegant appetizer when needed.
Nutritionally, this Roast Beef, Fig and Blue Cheese Crostini goes a long way. The roast beef provides high quality protein, iron, and zinc. Cheese adds more protein and calcium, and figs bring with them fiber, calcium, and other vitamins and minerals. All this adds up to a satisfying snack that provides energy from carbohydrates along with a dose of protein to help satisfy your hunger and keep you full until the next meal.Using processed meat makes this roast beef recipe a snap to make. Choose your favorite brand of deli roast beef, have it sliced thin, and you’re ready to go. After a few tests with a variety of roast beefs, I settled on a London broil from the deli counter. It was tender and had a savory, umami flavor that paired well with the salty and tangy blue cheese and deep sweetness of the figs. So.good. To make this recipe even easier, buy premade crostini, or make your own ahead of time. Take a look at my tutorial on How to Make Crostini if you’re not sure how to make it!
Roast Beef, Fig and Blue Cheese Crostini
- 12 slices crostini
- 1/4 c. ricotta cheese
- 4 oz. thin sliced roast beef I used London Broil from the deli counter
- 10-12 dried figs sliced length-wise (4 to 5 slices per fig)
- 1/4 c. crumbled Blue cheese about 1 ¼ oz.
- On each crostini spread about 1 tsp. of ricotta cheese. Arrange fig slices on the ricotta cheese and top with about 1/3 oz. roast beef. Sprinkle each crostini with about 1 tsp. of the crumbled Blue cheese.
- Serve immediately.